According to CBS Sports' Ken Berger, sources say the prospect of joining forces again with Michael Jordan, owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, was not initially appealing to Phil Jackson.
There was a December game in Milwaukee when Haywood was pulled in the first half for missing a defensive assignment. Dunlap gave Haywood such a look of disgust along the sideline that night that a scout from another team sought out a Charlotte media member to ask what happened.
"Dunlap was a demanding guy who tended toward the negative. He was smart with Xs and Os and didn’t mind letting you know that, but he was also snappish and hard to relate to. He was, simply, a boss who many of the players didn't like."
"His team [Dunlap's], I think, fought hard. (But) I can’t deny when they got cracked in the face they gave up on the game.’’
"Sources said several of the players gave negative feedback on Dunlap’s prospects of succeeding long-term. The process was reminiscent of Sam Vincent’s firing following a single Bobcats season in 2007-08."
“Absolutely we wanted to avoid that worst record. It was definitely one of our small goals down the stretch. Obviously things didn’t go as well as we hoped, but we played hard.”
"You never want to be dead last, so I'm happy about that."